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Maryland Politics: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Ehrlich thanks supporters, doesn't address robocall controversy

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called into his wife's radio show Saturday morning to thank those who supported him in his loss this week to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), which Ehrlich blamed in part on the barrage...

By John Wagner  | November 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Election-night robocall tied to employee of political operative working for Ehrlich

An employee of a controversial political operative working for former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is responsible for the election-night robocall in Maryland suggesting Democratic voters could "relax" and stay home, according to the owner of the robocall company.

By John Wagner  | November 5, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Hoyer mulls bid for House Minority Whip

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday he is considering a run for Minority Whip in the next Congress, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would stand for the position Hoyer had also been eyeing -- Minority Leader.

By Ben Pershing  | November 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Democrats maintain leads in two Md. Senate districts

With counting of absentee and provisional ballots continuing, two Democrats in close Maryland Senate races have maintained their leads -- meaning the party is likely to add to its already dominant margin in the chamber. Three-term state Sen. Alex X....

By John Wagner  | November 5, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click, Maryland:
A little help from our friends

Friday, November 5, 2010: The Agenda First Click is going on vacation. But before we go, we want to know what you liked or didn't like about our coverage of the campaign and what kind of reporting you would...

By Aaron C. Davis  | November 5, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cardin asks for federal investigation of robocalls

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate anonymous robocalls placed to Maryland voters urging them to stay home on Election Day even though polls were still open. "Targeting voters with deceptive messages in...

By John Wagner  | November 4, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Arundel Mills casino developer considers temporary structure

The developers of Maryland's largest planned slots casino said Wednesday that the company is aggressively exploring the possibility of opening a temporary facility next year while a permanent structure is built at Arundel Mills mall. The move would start generating...

By John Wagner  | November 4, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click, Maryland
What you didn't know might surprise you

Your daily download of political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, November 4, 2010: The Agenda Our most loyal readers will recall that back in August, we used this space to...

By John Wagner  | November 4, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley thanks voters, says no new taxes next year

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said his reelection Tuesday was "a humbling honor" and reiterated that he has no plans to propose any tax increases in the budget he must submit to the legislature in January.

By John Wagner  | November 3, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Key counties explain size of O'Malley's Md. win

The magnitude of Gov. Martin O'Malley's win in the Maryland gubernatorial race is underscored by returns from key counties where former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had vowed to improve upon his performance from four years ago. Statewide, O'Malley (D)...

By John Wagner  | November 3, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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First Click, Maryland:
2010 Maryland Election Results
O'Malley trounces Ehrlich; Kratovil loses to Harris

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley trounced his Republican predecessor Tuesday, beating Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. by a wider margin than any state candidate had amassed in nearly 20 years. Elsewhere in Maryland, freshmen Democratic Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. was swept out in a wave of anti-incumbent frustration and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski won a sixth term

By Aaron C. Davis  | November 3, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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UPDATED: Ehrlich concedes defeat

Former governor Robert L. EhrlichJr. (R) conceded defeat minutes after 11 p.m. in his bid to unseat Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

By Fredrick Kunkle  | November 3, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley declares victory

Surrounded by Maryland's top-elected Democrats and his family, Gov. Martin O'Malley declared victory just before 11 p.m.

By Ann E. Marimow  | November 2, 2010; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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UPDATED: Mood remains upbeat in Ehrlich camp

The Mood Swings, a 22-piece big band featuring lots of brass, five singers and a name well-suited to the 2010 election cycle, was softening up the early crowd at Republican Election Night headquarters for Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the former governor who said he wants his old job back.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | November 2, 2010; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley win greeted with cheers and applause at victory party

As news outlets began projecting the governor's race on large-screened TVs, bursts of cheers and applause filled the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, where hundreds of Gov. Martin O'Malley's supporters had gathered. Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said O'Malley's...

By Anne Bartlett  | November 2, 2010; 10:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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AP: Harris beats Kratovil in District 1 race

Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D), the first Democrat to represent the 1st Congressional District in many years, has lost his seat after a close race with state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R), according to the Associated Press. It was...

By Terri Rupar  | November 2, 2010; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATED: Ehrlich voters react to news of call for O'Malley

"I think there's something wrong with people in this state," said Nina Boniface, 47, after hearing that The Washington Post had called the race for the man she did not vote for, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | November 2, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Maryland 2010 election live blog: A hopeful O'Malley party gets started

Quick headlines: Average turnout, higher in Baltimore suburbs | Bipartisan agreement on ambulance fees | Kratovil voters express enthusiasm gap | Spending priorities in Beltsville | Cheering on mom in Largo UPDATE 9: 39 p.m.: The parking lot of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley projected to win

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday night turned back a challenge from his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., overcoming a wave of anti-incumbent frustration that was toppling Democrats nationwide. A lopsided fundraising advantage, a disciplined campaign and a left-leaning...

By Aaron C. Davis  | November 2, 2010; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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AP calls Md. Senate seat for Mikulski

An Associated Press analysis of exit poll data shows that Maryland's Barbara Mikulski has won a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. The Baltimore Democrat easily defeated Republican Eric Wargotz on Tuesday. If she completes her term, Mikulski will...

By Terri Rupar  | November 2, 2010; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Robo-call urges Democrats to stay home, O'Malley campaign says

Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign said it has received complaints from voters statewide who have received robo-calls urging them to stay home even though the polls are open until 8 p.m.

By Ann E. Marimow  | November 2, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. elections chief predicts 'typical' turnout at polls

Maryland State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone projected low Election Day turnout hours before polls were scheduled to close Tuesday. Lamone projected 48 percent participation based on a limited survey of precincts, compared with 57.5 percent turnout for the gubernatorial election in 2006.

By Ann E. Marimow  | November 2, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ehrlich, O'Malley camps make late-hour e-mail appeals

Underscoring the importance of turnout in Maryland's race for governor, both major candidates are using their massive e-mail lists to make late-hour appeals to get voters to the polls Tuesday. Supporters of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) received...

By John Wagner  | November 2, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click, Maryland
A half-dozen things to watch when the polls close

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 0 days until the Maryland elections Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Tuesday, November 2, 2010: The Agenda We're there. Anyone who's read this column in recent...

By John Wagner  | November 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UPDATED: Montgomery judge dismisses challenge to ambulance fee campaign

A Montgomery County judge hearing an emergency challenge to government efforts to campaign for an ambulance fee said Monday that a county-produced campaign flier is intended to intimidate voters.

By Michael Laris  | November 1, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ehrlich touts Diamondback endorsement at MoCo stop

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) touted an unexpected endorsement Monday from a college newspaper as he urged Montgomery County supporters to vote Tuesday during a stop at a Krispy Kreme in Rockville.

By John Wagner  | November 1, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley makes closing argument in Baltimore

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) returned to his home turf of Baltimore Monday for a whirlwind tour of hand-shaking, hugging - and even singing - on the final day of his reelection campaign. Striding up E. Monument Avenue just blocks from...

By Aaron C. Davis  | November 1, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click, Maryland
One more day to motivate supporters

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 1 day until the Maryland elections Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, November 1, 2010: The Agenda As former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R)...

By John Wagner  | November 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley makes final push by air, by dump truck

5 px;">Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) continued campaigning at a breakneck speed through the weekend, making 20 stops and launching a series of final television ads. With one day remaining, the governor seemed intent on closing out his reelection...

By John Wagner  | November 1, 2010; 5:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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